A recent patent application from HP describes a system in which digital cameras would be equipped with circuits that could be remotely triggered to blur the face in any images captured by the camera. U.S. patent application 20040202382, filed in April 2003 and published in October 2004, describes a system in which an image captured by a camera could be automatically modified based on commands sent by a remote device. In short, anyone who doesn’t want their photo taken at a particular time could hit a clicker to ensure that any cameras or camera-equipped gadgets in range got only a fuzzy outline of their face. HP had no current plans to commercialize the technology, which would require widespread adoption by camera makers and possibly government mandates to be financially practical.

A recent patent application from HP describes a system in which digital cameras would be equipped with circuits that could be remotely triggered to blur the face in any images captured by the camera. U.S. patent application 20040202382, filed in April 2003 and published in October 2004, describes a system in which an image captured by a camera could be automatically modified based on commands sent by a remote device. In short, anyone who doesn’t want their photo taken at a particular time could hit a clicker to ensure that any cameras or camera-equipped gadgets in range got only a fuzzy outline of their face. HP had no current plans to commercialize the technology, which would require widespread adoption by camera makers and possibly government mandates to be financially practical.